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Native vegetation

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), in partnership with Local Land Services (LLS), manages the implementation of the Native Vegetation Act 2003 and Native Vegetation Regulation 2013.

New rules

New Regulation, new ways of managing native vegetation

The NSW Government is reforming native vegetation management in NSW to deliver multiple benefits and strike the right balance between sustainable agriculture and protecting the environment.

The new Native Vegetation Regulation 2013 (the Regulation) commenced on 23 September 2013 and a number of provisions have already been introduced, including:

  • new or expanded exemptions to clear native vegetation without a property vegetation plan (PVP)
  • the common-sense decision to declare that yellow mimosa, a feral native species, can be cleared without approvals.

Self-assessable codes of practice for certain low-risk clearing activities are due to be implemented in 2014, in some cases replacing the need for a PVP.

The existing clearing rules remain in place until the new self-assessable codes are finalised.

What’s next

The environmental outcomes assessment methodology (EOAM) used to assess clearing proposals for PVPs is being reviewed to streamline the assessment process. It will be placed on exhibition later this year for public comment.

Additional codes of practice are also planned for drafting and exhibition later in 2014.

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Page last updated: 23 June 2014

Did you know

The exhibited Native Vegetation Codes are draft only, and cannot yet be used for clearing. The existing rules apply. Please contact your Local Land Services for more information.

Self-assessable codes public consultation

The exhibition of the first three self-assessable codes of practice has now closed.

Over 500 submissions have been received, including over 25 landholder feedback sessions run by Local Land Services (LLS) across the State. The submissions are now being analysed.

A summary report on the submissions including the LLS demonstration reports will be prepared and placed on the OEH website once the analysis is completed.

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Native Vegetation Regulation 2013


Fact sheets

The following fact sheets contain more detail about the Regulation and its staged implementation:

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